School Community Partnerships

Building State and Local Systems for Children’s Health and School Success

CHHCS works with state- and district-level leaders to integrate and prioritize disparate strategies that range from targeted interventions to broader prevention efforts, coordinate approaches to behavioral, oral, and physical health, and tailor solutions to the unique context of each school and school district.

CHHCS helps foundations, state and local health and education agencies, and school districts as well as nongovernmental organizations to:

  • Build bridges among diverse stakeholders to better integrate their efforts
  • Focus limited resources to maximize impact and sustainability
  • Incorporate the latest, and future, best practices in program and policy
  • Connect and mobilize community partners to ensure effective implementation on-the-ground

Case Study

The Delaware Division of Public Health, the Delaware Department of Education and Delaware Department of Health and Social Services joined Nemours Prevention and Health Promotion in sponsoring a comprehensive review of the 25 years of Delaware’s school-based health center (SBHC) operations. These state agencies and state foundation invited CHHCS to assist in the review.

CHHCS consulted with key stakeholders both to clarify the history of the Delaware SBHC initiative and to identify strategies to strengthen SBHC sustainability, impact, and manageability. This process involved analyzing existing operations through research and interviews of key informants, and facilitating a state-wide summit attended by local and state stakeholders. As an objective facilitator with expertise in the field, CHHCS led these representatives through a decision-making process that clearly framed the issues and created common ground for reinforcing partnerships.

Results: A set of strategies, recommendations, and practical next steps to strengthen school-based health center programming across the state of Delaware.

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